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The Devil's Interval

The Devil's Interval

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by Linda Lee Peterson
     
 

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Maggie Fiori uses her powers as a journalist to dig into the world of San Francisco’s elite after a limo driver is convicted of murdering a socialite. Between managing her sons' soccer practices, saving her damaged marriage, and handling her maddening staff, Maggie fights to prove that the “Limousine Lothario” was guilty of no more than loving his

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Maggie Fiori uses her powers as a journalist to dig into the world of San Francisco’s elite after a limo driver is convicted of murdering a socialite. Between managing her sons' soccer practices, saving her damaged marriage, and handling her maddening staff, Maggie fights to prove that the “Limousine Lothario” was guilty of no more than loving his mother.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 09/01/2013
Once again, Maggie Fiori, a San Francisco magazine editor, finds herself tangled in a crime case. Friends in a defense group for death row inmates want her to meet a prisoner, Travis Gifford, also known as the Limousine Lothario, who is appealing his sentence. Convicted for murdering a high-society client (and lover), Travis nonetheless maintains his innocence. Maggie's curiosity gets the better of her, and soon she's investigating, under the auspices of writing a magazine feature about the victim. Maggie's last foray into detecting almost got her killed, so this time her husband gets involved, too. They learn that Grace Plummer, the victim, was no ordinary socialite. As Maggie's team research and interview (including a steamy couple of segments in an exclusive sex club), they acknowledge the familiar maxim: the rich are different. And some of them have no compunction about killing again. VERDICT This sophomore entry featuring journalist-sleuth Maggie Fiori (after Edited to Death) is impossible to put down. Sparkling dialog, references both musical and literary, and an offbeat cast of believable characters make the pages fly by. Peterson's secondary plot about Maggie's family is balanced, never overwhelming the mystery.
Publishers Weekly
In Peterson’s smart sequel to Edited to Death (2005), which introduced San Francisco magazine editor Maggie Fiori, Maggie swears up, down, and sideways to her husband that she will no longer investigate affairs that don’t concern her, but her criminal defense lawyer friend, Isabella Fuentes, easily persuades her to make a trip to San Quentin Prison to see Travis Gifford (aka the Limousine Lothario), a limo driver on death row for murdering his client and lover, socialite Grace Plummer. Readers will enjoy Maggie’s smart-alecky quips about Grace’s social circle as she investigates the secret life of the superficially perfect socialite. Never have therapy sessions been more enjoyable than Maggie’s, as her signature wit is on full display when her husband drags her to marriage counseling. Maggie’s inner monologue carries the story, transforming what could have been a humdrum premise into a fast-paced, intelligent tale of intrigue that will keep readers guessing until the refreshing end. Agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

"Murder and music, discord and harmony, guilt and innocence, domesticity and passion, smooth talk and rough sex: In The Devil’s Interval—Linda Lee Peterson’s virtuoso second novel—journalist-sleuth Maggie Fiori scores all the notes. Maggie, like the book, is smart, stylish, and surprisingly steamy!"
— Jon Jefferson (Jefferson Bass), New York Times bestselling crime writer

Smart and sexy, with the schemes of high society on full display, The Devil’s Interval takes readers on a tour of Everyone’s Favorite City, San Francisco. As Maggie Fiori attempts to solve this intricate mystery, which begins in San Quentin Prison, what will happen to her marriage, which needs a heavy dose of healing? Readers will be turning pages to discover the answers.
— Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mysteries

The Devil’s Interval is an entertaining mystery, and shines with crisp prose, layered characters, and a gripping plot.”
— Jonnie Jacobs, bestselling author of the Kate Austen and Kali O’Brien mystery series

“An intelligent and gripping novel. Maggie Fiori is a witty, feisty protagonist and Peterson deftly weaves a compelling tale of how far a mother will go to save her child. The Devil’s Interval is a roller-coaster ride through the streets and alleys of San Francisco that will evoke Robert Parker’s Spenser novels with a dash of Janet Evanovich. Get out the flashlight. You’ll be up late."
— Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Conviction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938849121
Publisher:
Prospect Park Books
Publication date:
08/16/2013
Series:
A Maggie Fiori Mystery , #2
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
209,085
File size:
484 KB

Meet the Author

Linda Lee Peterson is the author of Edited to Death, which introduced readers to the San Francisco sleuth and magazine editor Maggie Fiori. A frequent speaker on communication and marketing topics, Peterson has written several nonfiction books, including The Stanford Century, On Flowers (Chronicle), and Linens and Candles (Harper Collins) and is a contributor to national publications, including the Chicago Tribune. She is also one of the founding partners of Peterson Skolnick&Dodge, a marketing communications firm that serves business, arts and culture, environmental, higher education, and health care clients around the United States. A longtime San Franciscan and an alumna of Stanford University, Peterson now lives in Portland, Oregon.

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